Excerpt from Medical Annals Official Register of the Officers, Members, Delegates, Etc. Of Medical Societies, Giving Addresses and Office Hours, 1880, Vol. 1
When a new journal makes its bow of introduction as it first comes before the public, it is proper that it should state the cause of its existence; and especially when it asks for a. Circulation in the medical profession.
The medical annals is not pretentious in its aims. Its origin can be very briefly stated. In 1864 the Transactions of the Albany County Medical Society, from its beginning in 1806 to 1851, were published. Six years later a second volume was published, bringing the printed Transactions of the Society down to 1870. Ten active years have elapsed, accumulating material to make a volume larger than either of these, much of which has been of interest enough to find a place in various medical journals. Instead of printing this in a volume at once, it is proposed to issue it in parts, for which other societies furnish us a precedent. In connection with this the current minutes will be printed. This is the para! Mount object of the periodical. A modest attempt at jour nalism, in the way of items of local and general interest, notes of the Alumni of the Albany Medical College, hospital notes, and the like, will be added. As the Committee of Publica tion acquire experience as editors, they may enlarge the J our nal, and add even more than this.
There is no idea on the part of the projectors that a long felt want is going to be filled. Forbid that we should use a term, except in jest, that has become a by-word as applied to medical schools and journals. Nevertheless, a local journal may find a place.
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